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Rhodes Holidays 2016/2017

The largest of the Greek Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes attracts holidaymakers with its ancient culture, cosmopolitan capital city and expansive beaches. Clubbers flock to Faliraki and the island's epic open-air music venues, while families can enjoy traditional Greek seaside resorts and the old-meets-new charm of Lindos. Rhodes is a sunshine island packed with entertainment.

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Sunny breaks and natural sands

A subtropical climate and 300 days of sunshine a year mean most holidaymakers want to be near a beach and Rhodes has plenty. The mixture of sand and pebble shores and light winds are as popular with windsurfers as they are with families, and more than 25 sites have been awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness.

After dark, Faliraki is the club destination of choice for those aged 18 to 30, while Rhodes Town has a cosmopolitan vibe with piano clubs, cocktail bars and traditional Greek tavernas.

Rhodes' coastline is littered with natural sand and pebble beaches, some of the most beautiful in all of Greece. You can stretch out on warm, yellow sand with the wide blue ocean ahead and pine-forested mountains behind. The island is a popular spot for watersports, with a natural breeze that heads off the high summer heat. With Blue Flag beaches you can expect clean, safe shores to relax with the whole family and enjoy a swim.

The seemingly endless Ialyssos beach, just outside of Rhodes Town, is home to several large hotel complexes and nightclubs. Despite this, the beach is only busy for a couple of months in the summer and thanks to the beach's long length, there's lots of room for everyone to stretch out. It has all the amenities you need and is even home to international windsurfing tournaments. On the opposite side of Rhodes Town lays Faliraki with its wide golden beach. If you can get there in the morning before the night ravers wake up, you'll find a half-empty shore.

Saint Paul's Bay, Ladiko and Kallithea are often listed as the best beaches in Rhodes, while Kolymbia is a pleasant seaside resort between Rhodes Town and Lindos – ideal for families looking for a quieter stay. The pebble beach at Ixia and southern beach of Prassonissi are both popular with windsurfers and kite surfers.

Where to stay in Rhodes

FalirakiView on Map

Nowhere else in Rhodes can hold a candle to the increasingly popular nightlife scene found in Faliraki. Add to this an exciting and vibrant beach scene and holidays to this resort will provide fun lasting memories.

There are 5km of sands to choose from in Faliraki with plenty of water sports and activities to enjoy. You'll find a great selection of nearby restaurants too.

By night all tourists seem to head towards Bar Street and Club Street where an amazing selection of nightspots provides awesome entertainment until the early hours of the morning.

KalitheaView on Map

This beach resort features everything you need to enjoy a great summer holiday while being ideally located in between Rhodes Town and Faliraki. The town is famous for its natural bathing spas so a getaway to Kalithea could reinvigorate you.

There are a couple of beaches to choose from here and there are good opportunities for scuba and snorkelling to spot amazing sea creatures.

The nightlife in town is generally quiet but for one large nightclub which keeps things exciting. There are a couple of shops to enjoy but nearby Rhodes Town offers a great selection of retail opportunities.

KolymbiaView on Map

Kolymbia is a fantastic beach resort with a quiet atmosphere which is perfect for ultimate holiday relaxation. There is a kilometre long beach that is the ideal spot to spend your days with some rock pools for kids to go paddling in.

Kolymbia is the closest resort to the terrific Seven Springs area which is a big draw for tourists. Natural waters run through tree covered areas and there is a long underground tunnel to pass through too. Other attractions include boat trips, hiking or a nearby golf course.

Eucalyptus Road by the beach is a great place to shop and dine.

LindosView on Map

Lindos is a popular tourism destination that remains authentically Greek thanks to the locals who live and work here. There is an old town vibe through the cobbled streets of the resort and there is also the large looming structure of the Lindos Acropolis standing over the town.

The main beach is a great looking space of smooth sands while St Paul's Bay is a great spot to scuba dive and snorkel between the rocky waters.

The nightlife here can contrast the quiet ambience of the days as there is a good choice of lively bars and clubs to try out.

PefkosView on Map

Pefkos is named after the pine trees that surround parts of the resort. Sitting on the south east coast of Rhodes this resort is a calm area to hang out by the coast.

Pefkos Beach is lined with green pine trees behind and a gloriously blue sea in front making it a beautiful and scenic place to spend a day. Plakia Beach is a less crowded space just outside of town.

From the jetty on Boat Trip Road you can board a glass-bottomed vessel to take you around the coast and to nearby Lindos.

Rhodes Town
Rhodes TownView on Map

The capital of Rhodes offers more than any other resort on the island. Rhodes Town has the most restaurants, most shopping facilities and the most historic attractions to tour.

The citadel of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts millions of tourists every year. Just outside of the town there are ancient ruins of a theatre, stadium and a temple. Many people choose to tour the large gothic palace which has been transformed into a museum too.

As well as the history there is a central beach to have fun on while the evenings provide a great selection of laidback and lively nightspots.


Quick Tips

  • Greek Orthodox
  • Euro
  • Greek
  • Approx 116,000
  • GMT +2

Ancient culture and medieval architecture

Rhodes has been inhabited since the Stone Age and retains a wealth of authenticity to inspire history buffs. In modern history the island was inhabited by Turks and Italians before being claimed by Greece after the Second World War. Excavations conducted in Rhodes have brought to light a number of important monuments from the three most significant cities on the island - Lindos, Kamiros and Ialysos.

Thousands of years ago, Lindos was the main trading port on the island and the Lindos Acropolis shows just how much wealth and activity was present in the area at that time. These archaeological remains include a temple, theatre and castle. There is a climb to reach the ruins so some people may struggle, and remember to bring your hat because it's difficult to find shade.

The City of Rhodes overtook Lindos as the main trade and people hub thousands of years ago and remains the cultural centre of the island. The Old Town is the oldest inhabited medieval city in Europe and you can't help but be impressed by the medieval buildings, fountains and Byzantine and Gothic churches. Lose yourself in streets with no name and travel back in time as you traverse the old medieval walls. There is plenty to explore in the nearer part of the city too, including Archbishops Palace, the Annunciation Church and the Central Post Office. Two bronze deer welcome travellers off the boats in the Mandraki Harbour – a modern icon of the city.

Foodie delights

There are plenty of foodie delights in Rhodes. Traditional tavernas can be found in every town along with a range of international options including Italian, Indian and British. Authentic Rhodes cuisine has its roots in the ancient Dorian culture, with records of fish soup as the staple of choice. By medieval times meals were using the local produce of the land – Mediterranean vegetables and meat reared on the mountains. Olive oil, thyme and oregano are staples of many dishes.

Greeks enjoy long mealtimes and share the British tradition of a family Sunday lunch. If you want to enjoy local delicacies look out for olives, feta, gyros wraps, soutzoukakia meatballs, moussaka and meat pie, washed down with a local wine or good, old ouzo.


Nightlife in Rhodes centres around Rhodes Town, Faliraki and Lindos, but Faliraki is probably the place to be if you prefer parties. All the fun can be found on two main streets in Faliraki – Club Street and Bar Street. Try Ziggy's for cocktails before heading to Liquid, DC Club or Yolo Club.

The picturesque village of Lindos offers a sophisticated yet lively alternative to the 18 to 30 year olds' holiday. Lindos By Night has a roof garden bar with beautiful views towards the old city ruins, while Amphitheatre Boutique Club is an open-air club where 2000 revellers can dance through until morning. Though that's nothing compared to the iconic Paradiso Beach Club, which morphs into a small town overnight, hosting more than 4000 people.

Last but definitely not least is Rhodes Town itself, home to romantic piano bars and wild hidden nightclubs. If you're looking for a comfy bar with proper beer, head to the Captain Hook bar - it helps if you're also a fan of rock music. Otherwise the Cellar of Knights is a stunning Greek wine bar, tucked into the medieval architecture on Ippokratus Square. Fancy a cocktail? Try B-Sides Cocktails for a range of delicious drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.